The Beginning of the End: My Final Semester at USC

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Hey everyone, Welcome back! I hope you all had lovely winter breaks. Mine was great – I relaxed a lot, saw old high school friends and family, and even took a little trip up to Seattle. Since I’m from Portland, this is only about a three-hour drive. I also watched a lot of college football. I have to say, I …

Senior Year Preview: My Fall Semester

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Hey everyone – welcome back! I’m so excited to be back at USC after a wonderful summer interning in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can read about my summer experiences here. This blog is going to be a preview of this semester. I have a lot to look forward to: I’m starting my senior year, and I definitely want …

Industrial Engineering with Computer Science

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I like to think of Industrial and Systems Engineering as applied problem solving. The foundation of my classes is math like probability, statistics, and linear algebra which we then use for operations research to solve complex problems. These problems can vary to economic to resource allocation problems which really allow for a diverse application. Can't believe this year is coming to an …

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

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One of the most common questions I get is, “What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?” This is completely valid because “industrial” is a pretty general word in itself and then if you google “industrial engineering” you get something along the lines of “optimizing systems” which is just as vague. I like to thinking of it as a degree in problem …

Old Annenberg: my little secret

Ian-2016 Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer Science, Electrical, Ian, Industrial and Systems, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

My schedule this semester bounces me across campus on every day of the week. From VHE to RTH, and Hoffman Hall (HOH) to Grace Ford Salvatori (GFS); but one place is becoming a constant, a home away from home: the west lobby at ASC, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism! I say Annenberg and your thoughts might jump to the …

Interning at Flextronics

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I went back to my home town of San Jose in the Bay Area this summer. I had the opportunity to work an internship in the Silicon Valley at Flextronics, where I worked with RFID technology. You can think of RFID as the barcode scanner of the future; no line-of-sight is necessary and the technology allows us to “scan” many …

The Greatest Physics Professor Of All Time

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Gene Bickers is a student favorite on campus and is quite possibly the greatest physics professor of all time. I took his introductory mechanics class this semester and was amazed by his mastery of the subject, as well as his dedication to students. Bickers is always helping students out in his office, or in the classroom, and is really great …

Breaking A World Record

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Why do Industrial and Systems engineers focus on efficiency and optimization, you ask? Well, to enhance our sandwich-making abilities, of course! This semester, a group of Industrial and Systems engineers got together to help USC break a world record by making as many ham and cheese sandwiches as possible in less than an hour. Needless to say, our group was …

Studying: Tips and Tricks of an Enginerd

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Entering your freshman year here at USC you may find that there is a shift in the work load and level from what you experienced in high school. You’re going to say, “I’m an engineer: this is what I want to do with my life” (okay maybe that’s wishful thinking, but you see where I’m going). I say to you, …